Late in the fifth century B.C., the Athenian defeat in the Battle of Aegospotami led to the final siege of Athens and her ultimate surrender to Sparta. Contrary to the wishes of several of her allies, Sparta decided to grant a reasonable peace, mainly on the basis that Athens had contributed considerably to the Greek general welfare during the Persian invasions which had preceded the Peloponnesian War. 1
Howay, Jack W.
Naval War College Review: Vol. 26
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol26/iss3/6